Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 2-6-6-2 Locomotives of the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class T-1 (Locobase 1047)

Data from locomotive diagram published on Vernon Beck's website -- (accessed 22 March 2003). Works numbers were 32722-32724 in March 1908.

Identical to the Great Northern's L-1s (Locobase 5354) and fitted with a Belpaire firebox. These three were originally built for the GN with road numbers 1905-1907, but were sold to the Burlington before delivery. Baldwin delivered five more T-1as in 1909; see Locobase 13507.

After main-line service, they worked the hump at the Galesburg, Ill. yard and were eventually rebuilt as 0-8-0 F-2 switchers in 1926-1927.

Class T-1a (Locobase 13507)

Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University, Volume 33, p. 86. Baldwin works numbers were 33986-33987, 34020-34021, 34029 in November 1909.

Locobase 1047 shows the first three of this Belpaire-boilered light Mallet class. The quintet depicted in this entry had four fewer boiler tubes and weighed a little more.

Like the T-1s, these were converted to 0-8-0 switchers in 1926-1927 and reclassified F-2. As such, they remained in service until 1946-1948.

Class T-2 (Locobase 2906)

See also data from locomotive diagram published on Vernon Beck's website -- (accessed 22 March 2003). See also DeGolyer, Volume 33, pp. 100+; Mallet Articulated Locomotives, Baldwin Locomotive Works, Record of Recent Construction No 68, Code Name Rectitude (1910), p. 22; and "Mallet Articulated Locomotives for the Burlington," Railway Journal, Volume 16, No 7 (July 1910), pp 19-20 Works numbers were 34230-34232 in January 1910 and 34245-34246, 34269, 34297-34300 in February.

In keeping with the experimentation in articulated locomotives underway on several railroads at this time, these engines had a novel boiler layout. Two boiler sections were bolted together to form a rigid unit. The front section acted as an enormous preheater for the other. According to Corbin & Kerka (1960, p 135), injectors forced water into the feedwater-heater compartment, which was 8' 11" long and filled with 406 2 1/4" fire tubes. Water passed from this section through check valves into the rear, evaporating boiler and firebox. The firebox had a combustion chamber and the boiler had a superheater.

There was more novelty. Steam from the high-pressure cylinders would be led back through 19 2" tubes gathered in the 17" diameter flue in the preheater.

All 10 would eventually be converted to oil burning and would receive Elesco feedwater heaters. Although they proved difficult to maintain, they clung to a niche on the Edgemont-Deadwood line in the Black Hills until the late 1940s.

Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID1047 13507 2906
RailroadChicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q)Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q)Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q)
Number in Class3510
Road Numbers4000-40024003-40074100-4109
Number Built3510
BuilderBurnham, Williams & CoBaldwinBaldwin
Valve GearWalschaertWalschaertWalschaert
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase10'30'11.50'
Engine Wheelbase44.83'44.83'51.42'
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.22 0.67 0.22
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)73.17'72.19'83'
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)57800 lbs56650 lbs
Weight on Drivers316000 lbs322000 lbs314850 lbs
Engine Weight355000 lbs362500 lbs379650 lbs
Tender Light Weight148200 lbs148100 lbs
Total Engine and Tender Weight503200 lbs362500 lbs527750 lbs
Tender Water Capacity8000 gals8000 gals8000 gals
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)13 tons13 tons13 tons
Minimum weight of rail (calculated)88 lb/yard89 lb/yard87 lb/yard
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter55"56"64"
Boiler Pressure200 psi200 psi200 psi
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke)21.5" x 32"21.5" x 32"23" x 32"
Low Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke)33" x 32" (2)33" x 32" (2)35" x 32" (2)
Tractive Effort64193 lbs63047 lbs62807 lbs
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.92 5.11 5.01
Heating Ability
Firebox Area230 sq. ft225 sq. ft242.50 sq. ft
Grate Area78 sq. ft78 sq. ft65.20 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface5658 sq. ft5600 sq. ft5003 sq. ft
Superheating Surface569 sq. ft
Combined Heating Surface5658 sq. ft5600 sq. ft5572 sq. ft
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume420.78416.47325.12
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation156001560013040
Same as above plus superheater percentage156001560014344
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area460004500053350
Power L1394039636787
Power MT164.93162.80285.14


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